CRM Core Skills

The Community Resilience Model (CRM) is a set of six wellness-based skills specifically designed to reset the natural balance of the nervous system after traumatic events or chronic stress/anxiety have led to physiological dysregulation.

Based on the neuroscience of trauma, Somatic Experiencing (SE), and the biology of brain resiliency, participants of this webinar series will learn about the brain’s “resilient zone,” and take an in-depth looks at how to apply these skills of self-regulation to return to “the zone” when activated. 

Straightforward, practical and easily taught, CRM skills can be applied and utilized in all types of experiential programming, including schools.  They can also be used as a powerful tool for self-care.  

Specific CRM skills to be taught in the webinar series include 1) Tracking of body sensations and teaching the identification of positive, negative, and neutral sensation, 2) Resourcing to shift towards well-being and interrupt the trauma response, 3) Grounding, using concrete contact to being oneself into the present moment, 4) Help Now, to return to resilience at times of heightened activation, and 6) Shift and Stay, to develop awareness and trust in our ability to shift to a state of resilience when activated. Demonstration videos show how the skills can be taught to others, as well as woven into conversations.

These skills are trauma-informed and focus on wellness, resilience and self-regulation- not trauma processing. In fact, talking about any primary trauma is deemphasized and is not part of the model. Given that, CRM is appropriate for non-clinical staff and professionals in all settings as the CRM skills are easily used “in the moment.”

Presenter: Dr. Sandra Newes
Length: 5 Modules + 2 Demo Videos (over 4 hours of content!)
Available On-Demand 


Module 1: CRM Core Concepts

In this introductory webinar, the core elements of CRM are introduced, as well as rationale for how the CRM model is an easily integrated foundation for programming that enhances self-regulation and fits into the continuum of trauma informed care.  The hand model of the brain and the Resilient Zone are introduced, which are references in subsequent webinars and provide the frame from which the more detailed introduction of the six skills of the CRM model are developed.  A basic introduction to Tracking and Resourcing are also offered, which are expanded on in the following two skills-focused webinars.   

Module 2: Tracking

Tracking is the foundational skill of CRM and is used in combination with all of the other skills.  It is also a core component of effective mindfulness practices.  Based on the understanding that our brains speak “the language of sensation,” noticing internal sensations that are neutral or associated with well-being is the pathway for allowing one’s brain and nervous system make the shift from a stress/trauma response to resilience and regulation.  

 Module 3: Resourcing

Resourcing is a core CRM skill used to help someone return to the “Resilient Zone,” while deepening their awareness of and connection to internal sensations associated with resilience and well-being. It can also help develop the capacity for participants to experience pleasure, fun, and well being in the moment- which is diminished with stress and trauma.

When resourcing, we actively connect to the sensory memory of positive or neutral life experience to create pleasant or neutral sensations. These can be experiences that are happening in the moment, on a course, or something from the past. Drawing in the sensory memory of something that feels positive or neutral is referred to as resource intensification and is combined with tracking to build awareness of the difference in sensations associated with being “in or out of the zone.” Resilience is expanded when one develops the confidence that resourcing and others skills can help to “get back in the zone when bumped out. This helps to rewire the nervous system, leading to improved self-regulation and enhancing the capacity for joy.

 Module 4: Grounding and Gesturing

Grounding is the third core skills of CRM, and also involves the literal experience of noticing sensations of support and safety in the moment. This helps shift the almost automatic focus of the brain on sensations of distress to also noticing neutral or pleasant sensations in the present moment. While grounding is a component of mindfulness and other present-moment focused modalities, in the CRM model grounding very specifically involves the awareness of the direct contact of the body or part of the body with something that provides concrete support in the present moment.

Gesturing is a secondary skill of CRM and is also used in combination with all of the above skills. Gesturing involves drawing attention to a movement (usually of the body or limbs) that spontaneously occurs and expresses or emphasizes an idea, sentiment, or attitude that is associated with well-being. These movements or gestures are mirrored, with the invitation to dramatically s l o w  d o w n movements for the purpose of resource intensification and tracking.

 Module 5: Help Now, Shift & Stay

This segment begins with a review of the core elements of CRM, with an emphasis on ways to more effectively teach the skills and examples of ways to integrate them into daily programming are offered. The last two CRM skills are introduced. Help Now involves intentionally engaging in immediately available tires (e.g., fast walking or driving cold water) that can create strong enough sensation that it can be noticed when one is out of the resilient zone (either escalated or shut down). Bringing an individual’s attention to these sensations is a pathway “back into the zone.” As with the others skills, this is combined with tracking to increase the effectiveness.

Shift and Stay is also used with the rest of the skills and involves the intentional shift in attention away from sensations of distress or that are unpleasant to noticing sensations that are neutral or pleasant and inviting someone to continue to hold their attention there. This is a powerful tool to support feelings of being safe, which also furthers our capacity to notice and stay with experiences and associated sensations of well-being.

 CRM Demo: Hand Model of the Brain & Resilience Zone

The first demo video is associated with the “Introduction to the Core Concepts of CRM” webinar, which is the first in the series.  In this video, Dr. Newes demonstrates how to teach about the “hand model of the brain” pioneered by Dr Dan Siegel, along with the “Resilient Zone.”  The way in which these two constructs can be linked to help participants understand their own nervous system will be shown.  Viewers are invited to consider ways in which these teachings can be integrated into programming to support self-regulation and enhance resilience in participants.  References to the Resilient Zone are made throughout the other webinars.  

 CRM Demo: Tracking, Grounding & Resourcing

In the second video, Dr. Newes demonstrates how to teach and use tracking, grounding, resourcing and gesturing with participants, students, and clients. These correspond to webinars 2-5. Although this demonstration is done in an office setting in one sitting, viewers are encouraged to consider ways that these skills can be split up and incorporated throughout programming and integrated into a staff culture.